Safes hauled out of business during burglary
On September 6, Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Cofield’s Corvette on Miles Rd., in Summerville in response to a report of a burglary in progress.
The complainant reported that several subjects were seen forcing entry into the side of the building and dragging a large object away from it.
At the back of the building police found a blue/green Toyota parked in a dimly lit area, out of sight from the street, with a lone female in the passenger seat. The female tried to hide when she saw the officers.
While checking the perimeter of the building, officers noticed a large black safe in the grass and that the side door appeared to have been forced open. Summerville Police responded to assist.
Officers from the two agencies cleared the building and found no one inside. They found a Ford Mustang inside the building with the keys in the ignition and the ignition turned to “on.”
Police searching the perimeter of the building saw a man in front of the building next door. The complainant told police she had seen the man running from the back of the building. The man was sweating profusely, according to the incident report. The man lives in an apartment directly across from the side door of Cofield’s Corvette and the black safe was found in front of his apartment.
The man was placed in handcuffs.
The owner of the business arrived on scene and identified the safe as belonging to the business. He told police there was also a large grey three-foot tall safe that was missing.
Police secured a search warrant for the man’s apartment.
Inside the apartment, police found two other people sleeping inside. They were taken to DCSO Annex and a “hold” was placed on them along with the man and female.
The value of the missing safe and its contents was $4,000. The value of the recovered safe was $1,000.